The Inspiration for a New Vision of Healing - Healing for the 21st Century

 
 

For 1000s of years, the world’s various esoteric traditions have spoken with one voice as to what the purpose of life is. And the message that these traditions have offered us (i.e. the "perennial philosophy") is that the purpose of all life experience is to guide creation towards self-realization, i.e. the awakening of the transcendent, bliss-consciousness that is the source of our being and our true nature and identity.

And although the particulars differ from one culture to another, these spiritual traditions have also been united in their understanding that the longing for spiritual healing (i.e. direct union with that transcendent, bliss-consciousness) is the ultimate motivation for all our actions and that meditation (i.e. focused attention upon that transcendent consciousness) is the most direct path to self-realization.

But despite the fact that the wisdom of these traditions has been potentially available for millennia, it remains, even today, largely unknown as human beings continue to search elsewhere for answers to the meaning of life.

The truth is that for most of history, the wisdom of the perennial philosophy has only been known to a select few. Often, it has been intentionally obfuscated or completely hidden. And, arguably, with good reason. The collective human consciousness was (and, in many ways, still is) relatively undeveloped. We are a young species. And the capacity to embrace or even understand a clear and direct exposition of this wisdom challenges us. To this day we see this sobering truth reflected in the many stories of avatars, prophets, saints, soothsayers and even "whistle-blowers" of ages past and present who have been slain, martyred, exiled or maligned for speaking a truth that their community was not ready to hear.

The sum and substance of this human evolutionary history is that the deeper understanding of the purpose of life (and of spiritual healing as the fulfillment of that purpose) has been either lost, distorted or forgotten altogether. And as such, human affairs have largely and sadly been starved of the fruits of self-realization.

The heartening promise of our spiritual heritage is that in every moment of our lives, we are meant to seek the fulfillment of our deepest longings through the transcendent joy of spiritual healing - not just as an occasional indulgence but as an ever-present sacred duty. Our happiness is not just intended - it is who we are. But, in our ignorance, we settle for seeking nothing more than the mere avoidance of pain or the pursuit of momentary pleasures to soothe our egoic desires because we don't know or are too afraid to believe there is anything more. 

Even our systems of medicine and healing, in their efforts to advance the common good, unwittingly betray this bias for prioritizing our egoic desires over our spiritual longings. By seeking the removal of illness and disease as the principal measure of success in healing, they become overly invested in circumventing life's inescapable dualities. As such, they miss the opportunity to help us embrace and transcend those dualities by guiding us in the development of the consciousness that would reveal to us that pain and disease are meaningful (and necessary) experiences in and of themselves .

When we look to the present age, we see that with the ever-increasing secularization and materialization of human societies, our identification with ego and egoic pursuits has actually deepened and our attention has continued to move away from the knowledge of our true spiritual nature.

The poignant irony of our modern times is that In the past 100 years, we have seen an amazing proliferation in both the scope and the types of healing available to us. And with the advent of computer technology, we now have an historically unparalleled ability to access resources and information about those systems of healing and medicine -- we no longer live in an age in which knowledge of the wisdom of our esoteric traditions can be completely obfuscated or confined to a select few.

Yet, even now, most of our current systems of healing (from “allopathic” systems of medicine to more “holistic” alternative approaches) still fall short of the promise of true spiritual healing because they ignore or dismiss the wisdom of the perennial philosophy and continue to seek either the elimination of disease or the evocation of pleasurable “spiritual” experiences as their primary (or only) goal. And the same computer technology that makes information about that wisdom more accessible than ever has also undermined the promise of that accessibility by becoming the very tool with which we can, and often do, keep ourselves and our attention constantly entertained and distracted with all sorts of worldly matters.

This continued attachment to the satisfaction of egoic desires, at the expense of the development of our higher consciousness, is quite understandable. As previously mentioned, human consciousness is still relatively undeveloped, and as such, we are all (for the most part) still very much identified with our egos. And so the elimination of pain and disease (i.e. the denial of life's duality) has an immediate appeal that is undeniable because from the perspective of ego that is all we have. 

But the perennial philosophy tells us that that is not the truth -- that there is more to our existence than the futile quest to subvert life's dualities by triumphing over its polarities of pain, disease and death. And since that quest is not the purpose of our lives, it ultimately cannot and will not quench our essential desire for true transcendence. And so it will always and inevitably leaves us wanting.

Against this historical backdrop, I was inspired to begin working on the Healing for the 21st Century workshop because I believe we are in need of a new vision for healing not to replace or supplant the old and existing paradigms but rather to fulfill their promise. And I believe that humanity is ready for this new kind of healing. A healing that is rooted in the wisdom of our ancient traditions and that lifts us high above life’s duality of pain and pleasure by beckoning us to reach for the highest expression of what humanity we can be.

In the Healing for the 21st Century workshop, we will look at our existing paradigms for healing from the perspective of consciousness to understand not just their gifts but also their limitations. Then, we will explore a vision for what healing (as spiritual healing) can be that is radically different from many of our current systems of healing. A vision centered not in the elimination of suffering but in the development of a consciousness that allows us to embrace that suffering and transcend it as the only true and lasting source of happiness. A vision that seeks to bring healing back to its original and intended purpose as a path to self-realization and the awakening of our true identity as Absolute bliss-consciousness-being.

For more information about the Healing for the 21st Century workshop, click here.

The Reality Distortion Field

Two very different stories in today's New York Times really struck me in terms of how plainly they reveal our human willingness to bend reality to make it conform to our own personal agenda for how reality should be.

The first article was a story about a woman who in 2004 pled guilty in the death of her then boyfriend who was killed in an automobile accident while she was driving. Her conviction has now been overturned in the aftermath of a NY Times article from May of this year that reported that General Motors considered the death to have been caused by the now widely-reported faulty ignition switch problem in GM cars.

What struck me about this article was the following reference to how the ignorance of the district attorney and the investigating police trooper knew and did not know at the time:

That district attorney… and the police trooper who investigated Ms. Anderson’s accident, whose report strongly suggested that Ms. Anderson’s driving had been influenced by intoxication, had both said that if the ignition-switch defect has been pulicly known at the time of the crash, certain details fo the accident — like the seemingly inexplicable lack of skid marks or evasive action — would have been seen differently.

It appears that the “intoxication” referred to was, as per the toxicology report, trace amounts of Xanax. Nonetheless, in the absence of any other incriminating evidence (and in the face of what I presume was a strong desire to to wrap up the case and exact some form of justice) a woman was charged, tried and convicted of a horrible crime with which she actually had nothing to do. 

The other article, entitled Calling out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself, was a mea culpa about the media’s complicity (including that of the article’s author) in overlooking what was apparently widely known in certain media circles regarding Bill Cosby's alleged pattern of victimizing women throughout his career.

Answering his own question about why it took so long for the media to report on Mr. Cosby’s alleged sexist behavior, the author hits the nail on the head:

What took so long is that those in the know kept it mostly to themselves. No one wanted to disturb the natural Order of Things, which was that Mr. Cosby was beloved; he was as generous and partners as his public image; and that his approach to life and work represented a bracing corrective to the course, self=defeating urban black ethos. [Emphasis added.]

Only the first of those things was actually true.

When it comes to distorting reality, it is our ego that is always at the helm. And ego abhors being wrong almost as much as it abhors being in the unknown. And in this sense, we all create and live in our own version of a reality distortion field. We don’t just seek comfort in the face of pain, safety in the face of anxiety and certainty in the face of the inexplicable. We will them to exist even if it means distorting the truth… even if it means that someone else might be hurt.

But at the end of the day, creating our own reality distortion field does not change reality, only our perception of it. The “Natural Order of Things” is that the reality we live in is ultimately born of mystery and firmly rooted in the unknown. And the more we help ourselves, our ego, surrender to that perennial truth, the easier life becomes not just for each of us personally but for all of us collectively.

The Newly Refreshed Sophianic Healing Website

I am very happy to announce that the Sophianic Healing website has received a refresh!

It is hard for me to believe that it has already been a little over seven years since I first launched the Sophianic Healing website. Over time, I have made small changes here and there to the website as needed to reflect changing circumstances. But in truth the bulk of the website, and in particular its design, had remained substantially the same. And it had become very clear to me that the visual and graphic aspects of the webstie were overdue for a refresh.

When I began tackling this refresh project, I had expected that I would also be making substantial changes to the content of the website given how much my work has changed over the years. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that even after all these years and the continual evolution of my understanding and approach to the healing work, the majority of the content still accurately reflected the essence of my work. So while I have in fact updated and revised some of the content, and in some places added additional content, the bulk of what is there will be familiar to those of you who have previously visited the website.

Some of the changes to the content that I have made include revisions in the "About Sophianic Healing" sections of the website to reflect changes in my work as well as additional language that I felt helped clarify the description of the Sophianic Healing process. I have also added a new section entitled The Sophianic Healing Session that offers a detailed description of a typical healing session.

In contrast, none of the visual elements of the old website remain. All of the graphics and fonts have been updated to a more modern and fresh look. In addition to a refresh of all of the colors, the website now sports a simple but beautiful full-screen layout with flatter graphics and more modern fonts. And of course, I have also updated the pictures of yours truly, which now show me sporting a little more of a variety of things -- more facial hair, more gray hair and a few more wrinkles.

Finally, The Sophianic Healing Blog has also been updated with a whole new look. And unlike before where links to the Blog would redirect you to another site, the Blog has now been fully integrated into the main Sophianic Healing website.

Overall, I am very happy with the final results and hope that you enjoy the look, feel and content of the new website. So when you get a chance, please visit the new website and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

Some Thoughts On Self-Destructive Behaviors and Self-Judgment

This morning I received Tom Kenyon’s latest “A Hathor Planetary Message” entitled Escalation of Chaotic Nodes and the Dismantling of 3-D Reality. (Note: For those unfamiliar with Tom Kenyon, Tom is a contemporary spiritual teacher and a highly accomplished sound healer. If you have never read any of Tom’s channelings (or listened to his sound healings), I highly suggest you consider doing so. You can find his website here.) Like many others, I consider Tom’s channelings of The Hathors (a group of interdimensional, intergalactic beings who assist humanity’s evolution on Earth) one of the most informative sources of contemporary spiritual information.

Given where we are in our planetary evolutionary cycle, many of the Hathor messages that Tom has channeled over the past few years have been about the ever-increasing difficulty of the challenges facing us as Earth-bound, spiritually-evolving, human beings.

But this latest one is… well, it’s a bit of a doozy.

The following is a passage from this latest channeling that made a particular impression on me because of the soundness and usefulness of the insights and advice given:

Without mincing words, to use one of your phrases, we would say you are entering one of the more difficult passages of planetary transformation.

At this fork in the road, one path leads to self-destruction, madness, despair and hopelessness while the other fork leads to a deeper connection with your interdimensional or spiritual nature. It is this fork in the road we wish to explore.

It is not an either/or proposition. Many of you who possess a transcendent and interdimensional or spiritual sense of yourself may find yourselves, from time-to-time, on the path to madness and self-destruction in spite of your self-knowledge.

In its simplest terms the requirement to successfully make this passage through the escalation of Chaotic Nodes is deep authentic contact with your interdimensional or spiritual nature and the self-renewal that arises from such contact.

There are two things that particularly strike me about this communication.

The first is the assertion that the fork in the road is “not an either/or proposition”.

Although this statement is pretty much true in every circumstance where we find ourselves confronting a life decision (i.e. a “fork in the road”), the reality is that we nonetheless often approach these moments attached to the belief that once a decision is made we are stuck with it forever.

Thankfully, though we may at times forget it, life simply does not work that way. If it did, there would be no such thing as redemption or forgiveness (let alone love and compassion), and we would have all been long ago banished to burn in the infernal flames for all of eternity. My imagery here may be a bit dramatic, but certainly no more dramatic than the belief that we are forever stuck with our poor or ignorant choices.

Furthermore, no decision that we ever make about how we live our lives has a totally and completely uniform effect on us. Our choices almost always are, like the underlying intentions that give rise to them, decidedly mixed. Spiritual ascendance, like health, is not an event. It is a process. And at any given moment in that process, we are a mix of light and shadow — good and bad, conscious responses and unconscious reactions, adult and child. Or, in the imagery of the Hathor’s message, self-destructive AND self-preserving. The relative proportions may change, but we are always a mix.

Which leads to the other assertion from this communication that struck me — the suggestion that in order to successfully make it through these Chaotic Nodes the requirement is “deep authentic contact with your interdimensional or spiritual nature”.

Notice that nowhere in there does it say anything about judging, berating or castigating ourselves because we engage in self-destructive behaviors.

Just like any reasonable person would not expect perfect behavior at all times from human beings, neither does God. God is not keeping score. In fact, no one else of interest is really keeping score (and if they are, consider that we tend to call that type of behavior petty, at best).

God knows (better than we do) the difficulties of moving through some Earth experiences. And even a moderately self-aware person can understand that the only reason we engage in self-destructive behaviors is because we are suffering, we are in pain, and in those moments we are just looking for some sense of relief. And just like any reasonable person would, our higher power anticipates and expects that as humans beings going through these kinds of challenges we WILL, at times, choose to engage in self-destructive behaviors.

Of course, not judging ourselves does not mean we are absolved from taking responsibility for our actions. In fact, it is very important that we take responsibility for everything we do. It is how we come to truly know what it is that we are choosing. But in a world where we already know and expect that we will make mistakes, it would be irrational to believe that “taking responsibility” means feeling badly about ourselves.

In fact, a good rule of thumb is that when we no longer judge ourselves as bad because of our choices, that is when we know we’ve truly taken responsibility. We might feel regret, grief or perhaps even a sense of guilt about our choice or its consequences. But there is no feeling badly about ourselves — there is no self-judgment. If there is judgment, it means we are still in resistance - resistance to taking responsibility.

So if in response to life’s stresses and Chaotic Nodes you find yourself choosing self-destructive behaviors (and we all do), take a deep breath, take another deep breath, and then remember: it is not the end of the world; you are not stuck with your choice forever; and no one is keeping score. And if you’re patient and just wait for a bit (in my experience, usually no more than a few minutes), you will find that life soon enough brings you the opportunity to make a different more loving or more self-preserving choice about something in your life. (And if you “blow” that one, don’t worry. The universe contains an inexhaustible number of opportunities to choose.)

But above all, don't waste your time judging yourself for your self-destructive behaviors. Judging ourselves and others is not what we were put here to do.

Our Earthly experience is a school for our soul, and we are here to learn who we really are (i.e. what we are “made of”) through the choices we make. And when the choices seem to get harder, it is only because we have advanced to the next grade-level.

 

Now Is The Time To Manifest Your Vision (Part 2)

 The Sophia of the Moment

Introduction - Manifestation as Problem Solving

The journey to manifesting our dreams is, if nothing else, a journey of overcoming challenges. No matter how inspired, courageous or determined we may be at the start of our journey to manifestation, we inevitably run into various obstacles, difficulties and the "things-that-don't-go-the-way-we-planned." As such, success in manifesting, as with success in life in general, often comes down to our willingness to confront, and stay with, these various challenges until we find (or create) a way to prevail over them. The great Indian spiritual master Paramahansa Yogananda said of this aspect of Earthly existence that “[l]ife is worth nothing if it is not a continuous overcoming of problems.”

And just as there are activities that are supported and enhanced by a particular kind of weather — e.g. the warm, dry summer day that makes the chore of setting up for a garden party a pleasure or the rain that ensures that the farmer's laboring in the field bears fruit —invoking the Mother's presence when carrying out our manifesting activities can have a profound effect on our ability to overcome the inevitable problems and challenges of manifestation by making our efforts more joyful, more productive and ultimately more effortless!

The Gifts of the Divine Mother

The wisdom revealed to me has shown that the gifts of the Divine Mother that are more available to us at this time to assist us in our manifestation efforts are coming to us in two forms, each with its own purpose and each one working through one of the two main faculties of human consciousness - mind (reasoning) and heart (feeling).

The first of these is wisdom, which works through the mind to illuminate and help us construct a path to creative success. The other is nurturance (as love), which works through the affective qualities of the heart to inspire and encourage us. Let’s take a closer look at how wisdom and nurturance can support us in our efforts to manifest our vision.

The Gift of Wisdom - The Divine Mother As Teacher

Often, our first instinct when tackling a problem is not to invoke Divine guidance but rather to try and reason our way to a solution through or own individual efforts. Step by step we apply the linear logic of deductive reasoning to determine the impact of various causes and their effects as well as the pros and cons of our imagined solutions hoping that, through trial and error, we’ll reach our goal. And sometimes, this can be adequate enough for the problem at hand.

Yet the inherent linearity of logic means that as a problem-solving tool, reason is also inherently limited. Reason (and logic) see the world through the filter of the past — they can only deduce what to do next (i.e. how to solve a problem) by referring to what has come before. So, by helping us draw a line from past to future, reason and logic can give our quest to meet life’s challenges momentum and direction. But because their perspective is, by necessity, rooted in the past, they cannot offer us the paradigm shifting solutions (the “Aha" moments”) that can only come from deep contact with the pure potential of the present moment. And this is exactly what the Mother’s presence, manifesting as wisdom, offers us.

Unlike logic and reason, wisdom only operates in the present moment. It comes to us not in a line or sequence but in extemporaneous flashes of intuitive insight through a non-linear process of thoughtful observation and focused awareness of our present moment experiences. And so when we find ourselves engaged in the process of "continuously overcoming problems,” the wisdom of the Mother can take us far beyond what reason alone can offer us. Wisdom offers us truly innovative solutions to our life challenges because, unlike reason, it is not bound to what has come before.

Wisdom is what frees our mentality from the limitations of time and space and elevates it from mere logic to the higher dimensions of meaning, relatedness and deep understanding. Through this synergistic marriage of lower level reasoning with higher level wisdom, we are then able to achieve the deep insight and understanding that helps us tackle life’s problems and hurdles and find our way through them.

To understand the significance of this when manifesting, consider the following. Through reason we can employ our mental faculties to understand the facts and circumstances (i.e. the form and boundaries) of a particular problem. But only wisdom can give us the perspective and insight to make the leaps that allow us to grasp and work through the more human and relational dimensions of that problem — e.g. the emotional intelligence that allows us to remain fully present in the face of difficult or uncomfortable feelings that would otherwise scare us into passivity and stagnation; the compassionate embracing and holistic resolution of the conflicts that inevitably arise through our relationship to the problem and its circumstances; the ability to craft solutions that go beyond a superficial awareness of the problem and are instead rooted ion a deep, intuitive understanding of its very nature. Only wisdom can give us that.

If reason and logic are the wings that potentially allow us to fly, wisdom is the rush of air that sends us soaring. Every measure of wisdom that we gain helps us to make better, more informed and more conscious decisions about how to transcend whatever challenges or obstacles karma and nature put in our way and create the life we desire.

The Gift of Nurturance - The Divine Mother As Soother

As we’ve seen, the gift of wisdom — with its ability to reveal to us how to work through life’s inevitable challenges — is an important part of bringing our vision into manifestation.

But wisdom ultimately is not enough to manifest our vision.

Even with all its revelations, wisdom can only point the way. In order to successfully manifest our vision, we also need to engage our will and take action in the world, i.e. we have to move our consciousness out from the internal realm of ideas and thinking and into the outer world of the physically manifest so that we can engage with the people, places, objects and locations that together provide us the space, assistance and raw materials that allow us to create.

This shift from inner to outer is often the most difficult aspect of bringing our dreams to fruition. Compared to the apparent “safety” of keeping our dreams and visions hidden inside, the vulnerability of revealing ourselves to the world (which potentially opens us up to scrutiny, criticism and judgment) can seem like a very bitter pill to swallow. In fact, many times, it is not the absence of ideas or knowledge about how to manifest our vision that keeps us from achieving success. Rather, it is the fear of taking those first steps towards revealing ourselves that keeps us stagnant and immobile.

This is where the Divine Mother's presence, in the form of nurturance, can be a powerful ally.

Anyone who has ever received a kind word or a comforting embrace from a loved one — or sometimes even from a stranger — in such moments of fear knows the positive impact that such gestures can have on our ability to work through those fears. When we are afraid, nothing else soothes us as powerfully as love’s embrace. Love is what instills confidence and a belief in our ability to succeed particularly when life’s problems have knocked us down.

Like the young child that is gently coaxed from fearful withdrawal to confident engagement by the mother’s reassuring voice and nurturing touch, adults also need such TLC  to calm the self-defeating behaviors of our own “inner child" when we come up against the challenges of manifesting. And the Divine Mother is our omniscient, ever-present source for such TLC.

When we learn to consciously align with the Divine Mother, her nurturance — which comes to us through feelings of kindness, warmth and all-embracing love — acts as both a salve for our fears and discomfort as well as an inspiration to help us stay the course and keep us moving towards our goal of creative manifestation.

To be continued…

In Part 3 of this article, we will explore how we access the Divine Mother’s wisdom and nurturance and why we are actually meant to engage the Divine Mother’s help (hint: it is an important and necessary aspect of our personal growth).

Now Is The Time To Manifest Your Vision (Part 1)

THE SOPHIA OF THE MOMENT

Introduction

What does your soul long to create that you have not manifested? What gifts do you yearn to bring forth only to find yourself keeping them hidden within your own mind space?

These are always good questions to ask ourselves from time to time. They help us stay focused on what is inspiring us and this in turn can be an essential aspect of creating a satisfying life.

As illuminated by the sophia (wisdom) of the moment, it appears that right now is an especially good time not only to ask ourselves these questions but to make the effort to realize the potential within us represented by these questions.

 Manifesting and The Divine Mother's Presence

The wisdom that has been revealed to me since early this summer is that we are currently traversing through a period of time during which the presence of the feminine aspect of the Divine - the Mother - is particularly available to us for purposes of helping and assisting us in bringing forth our gifts, talents and vision for what we want to create in our lives and what we want our lives to be.

In fact, you may have noticed lately (I certainly have) that in the last six months or so there has been a marked proliferation of seminars, workshops and articles on learning how to manifest. I don't believe this to be a coincidence. It is simply an external reflection of the movements and shifts that are happening on the inner planes of reality. We are all meant to be engaging our creative powers and the Universe is providing assistance in a variety of ways (including instructional and educational opportunities) to support us in those efforts. Note, this call to manifest our potential is not the same as the "visualize what you want" fad of a few years ago that was ignited by the book "The Secret," which was ultimately rooted in egoic desires and wish-fulfillment. The impetus to manifest that is moving through at the present time is about fulfilling our life's purpose. Rather than being rooted in egoic desire, it is an inspiration rooted in our soul's longing.

The Timing - Why Now?

So why now? What is it about this period we are currently living that makes the Divine Mother's presence more accessible to us? In response to this question, my guidance basically said "because it's showtime". [1. Interestingly, as this wisdom of the moment was first being revealed to me, I soon thereafter received a newsletter article from fellow-healer and astrologer Joan Pancoe entitled "It's Showtime”. In it she very clearly and concisely puts forth an astrological explanation for why this is a good time to work to manifest our creative vision. I won't get into the details of Joan's explanation but suffice it to say that her own astrological wisdom seemed to very closely parallel what had also been revealed to me. I highly recommend reading Joan's article. If you are interested in reading it, you can find it here.] Well, actually, the guidance was a little bit more detailed - and a bit more nuanced - than that. But there is definitely an aspect of "now's the time" to what we are experiencing.

What has been revealed to me is that up until now (and for the past few years), we have been going through a kind of initial “fertilization” period during which our awareness of what we long to create (our dreams and vision for our life) has been coalescing and taking shape within our minds. This fertilization period has been about becoming aware of what we want to create and then, through reflection and conscious thought, fleshing out these first glimmers of inspiration with greater detail, all in accordance with our deepest desires.

At the present moment, we are moving out of this initial fertilization and (potentially) moving into the first phases of actual manifestation. Staying with the pregnancy metaphor, it is like the moment when the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterine wall - i.e. the first moment when the embryo and the mother physically become one and the "structures" of pregnancy (which support and nurture the physical aspects of the developing embryo) begin to develop.

This pregnancy metaphor is particularly *a propos* for this period through which we are moving because like the implanting embryo, we too are being called to unite and become one with our Divine Mother so that she may offer us the “structures” that will support and nurture us towards our goal of physically manifesting our dreams.

To be continued...

In Part 2 of this article, we will explore the two main forms in which the Divine Mother’s help is available to us at this time and their importance to process of  manifesting. In Part 3, we will explore what it is we need to do to take advantage of this propitious time and the hidden relationship between engaging this Divine assistance and our own personal growth.

Introduction To The Sophia Of The Moment

The Sophia of the Moment is a new column that I will be writing from time to time about the wisdom revealed to me at particular moments in time through my personal spiritual work as well as my healing work with my clients. In it I will explore what the particular sophia (i.e. wisdom) of the moment is, what it means and what this revealed wisdom can offer us in terms of guidance and support for how we live our lives.

The inspiration for writing The Sophia of the Moment came directly out of my work with my clients. In all the years I have worked as a healing practitioner, one of the most helpful insights that has come to me through my healing work is the awareness that any given time, despite the very different facts and circumstances of each person's life, there is always a common theme or thread that simultaneously runs through all of our lives unifying all these seemingly disparate life experiences.

There are many different ways of understanding what these common themes mean for us. We could describe these common themes astrologically as reflections of the alignments and movements of the celestial bodies. Or we could look at them from a karmic perspective as reflections of the communal karma (i.e. familial, national, planetary, etc.) that we share with others.

But regardless of the language we use to understand this wisdom of the moment, what makes these patterns truly amazing and ultimately very valuable to our journeys of personal growth is the evidentiary value that they carry in terms of revealing the unitive nature of reality. If each of our individual lives represents a kind of "micro-reality", then what these emergent common themes show us is that we truly are all living out a larger, unified reality (the "macro-reality) and that our individual micro-realities are merely different perspectives from which we view (or experience) this macro-reality.

And the awareness of these patterns and common themes can have extraordinary benefits for our personal growth.

By revealing the deeper patterns of life that are a part of all of us, the wisdom of the moment allows us to better understand our own individual experiences. This is particularly true when our individual experiences do not seem to be connected to anything else going on in our lives.

Also, by offering us a higher "bird's eye-view" of our reality, the wisdom of the moment also helps bring perspective to our lives. It reveals to us the unity and harmony within all of life when life might otherwise seem like nothing more than a cacophony of unrelated conflicts and antagonisms.

But perhaps the most powerful impact that the wisdom of the moment can have is in helping us feel less alone in life by showing us that whatever experience we are personally going through, no matter how difficult, we are all in the same boat, i.e. it is not just happening to me. This awareness alone can, in and of itself, be just what we need to pick ourselves up when life has knocked us down so that we can continue on our journey.

I have personally benefitted tremendously from the wisdom of the moment in my own life, particularly during those times when the dark clouds gather. It's during those times that I find myself paying too much attention to the distorted voices in my mind and I begin to lose hope. But then, somewhere along the line, my awareness that it's not just me weathering my own storm breaks through. And somehow, knowing that we are all going through the same storm together (albeit in our own ways) becomes its own kind of comfort and salve.

So my hope is that through The Sophia of the Moment column I can also share the gifts of this wisdom with you. And that it may, in some way, also be a salve and comfort to you on your life journey.

Namaste

Don't Be Cheap

Words of wisdom from uber-tech blogger John Gruber on his blog Daring Fireball:

Market share as a first priority generally doesn't end well. When you compete on quality, “almost the best” will often still do pretty well. When you compete on price, “almost the cheapest” always loses.

His words may have been addressed to the tech industry, but they could easily be applied to most of our life endeavors.

When you look at all the successful ventures around you, you are not necessarily looking at THE best, the MOST well known or even the most popular.  Success does not demand such stringent and narrow standards from you. It just asks that you do YOUR best.

On the 2012 Prophecies

By now, most people have probably heard at least something about the year 2012 and the date December 21, 2012 in particular. That is the date that the world will either (a) end, (b) be transformed or (c) experience the shortest day of the year and go on existing as it always has. It all depends on who you listen to.

At the extremes, some people dismiss the 2012 prophecies as some kind of "new age" folly, while others seem to embrace 2012 as a potent excuse to live out their apocalyptic fantasies. But the one thing that is most consistently associated with the period around 2012 is that it portends significant change of some kind.

For some time now, I have resisted writing or even discussing much about 2012, except in situations where others have specifically asked me about the subject, for two reasons. One, I have some, but not a lot, of knowledge about the 2012 prophecies, and so I am in many ways still working out my own perspective. Secondly, beyond the very real and meaningful work that many people have contributed to our understanding of the 2012 prophecies, the potential wisdom of these prophecies is often obscured by both the hype of the overly zealous believer and the derision of the cynical detractor. At times, this has made it more challenging for me to separate what feels real from what is only drama, leaving me with what feels like little more than soundbites and uncertainty.

But, having said that, things do feel different now. Although I still do not have what I would consider a deep understanding of the mysteries or the cosmology surrounding the 2012 prophecies, I do have a well developed sense of the guidance I have personally been receiving for some time now about the times through which we are living.

What I see is that regardless of what I may or may not believe about the 2012 prophesies, our world really is going through a tremendous amount of change. And, perhaps more importantly, that change feels evolutionary because it is affecting all existence at every level of consciousness -- from human to non-human, from sentient to non-sentient alike.

How the world moves through, and emerges from, these changes -- whether we come out in a better place or not -- is sure to depend in great part on the choices that we, as humans and de facto stewards of our planet, make (both personally and collectively) about how we live and, in particular, about how we are in relationship to each other and the world around us. Will we only allow ourselves to be led by the individual, self-serving and materialistic concerns of our ego, or will we embrace and be guided by a broader vision of who we are -- a vision that encompasses the individual but also acknowledges our interdependence and ultimate spiritual unity with all other individuals, beings and life forms that together encompass the many communities of which we are a part?

December 21, 2012 may very well mark some kind of meaningful shift in this evolutionary process -- I genuinely don't know. But I don't think we have to wait till then to see. Change is already here... it's time to choose.

The Gamer Advantage

From today’s Yahoo Games Blog comes this story about a video game called “Foldit” developed for the purpose of tapping the spatial skills of online gamers to solve real-world research problems:

Online gamers have achieved a feat beyond the realm of Second Life or Dungeons and Dragons: they have deciphered the structure of an enzyme of an AIDS-like virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade.

To the astonishment of the scientists, the gamers produced an accurate model of the enzyme in just three weeks.

I had read about this study a while back when it was first getting started and remember thinking how it was a great example of collaboration among people that showed mutual respect and a willingness to play to people’s strengths rather than the usual divide and conquer of much scientific research.

It’s great to see the early promise of this approach bearing fruit.